FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A 13-year-old North Texas boy faces a capital murder charge in the death of a 5-year-old boy who was hit in the head multiple times, authorities said.
The teen, whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile, was arrested Thursday in the death of Sida Osman. Because he is younger than 14, the suspect is not eligible to stand trial as an adult, according to the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office. His case is in juvenile court.
After Sida's parents reported him missing Tuesday evening, officers started knocking on doors and kept searching overnight using police dogs and helicopters. The youngster's body was discovered the next afternoon, prompting residents to quickly gather, shouting, "Peace and justice!" and holding signs reading, "He was innocent."
Sida's body was found in the backyard of a vacant house about a block from the apartments where he lived. Several Somali families, many who had spent time in refugee camps in Kenya after fleeing unrest in their native country, live in the complex.
Although Sida's parents are Somali refugees, the boy was born in the United States. He was to begin kindergarten at a nearby elementary school in the fall, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
The two boys had gone to the yard, and the teen was irritated with Sida, according to Fort Worth police.